Video: I Discuss the Future of the Marriage Fight on PBS; Vatican Emphasizes Our Resolve & the Need for UnityBy
Last night I was asked last-minute to appear on the PBS NewsHour to discuss the future of the fight to protect marriage and the need to renew our efforts in light of the elections:
Meanwhile, papal spokesman Fr. Lombardi, SJ issued a strong editorial on the subject entitled “Church Will Not Give Up Its Defense of Marriage“:
In the United States, some of the referendums held on the same day as the presidential elections in various States have, for the first time, delivered an outcome favourable to same-sex marriages. It is therefore clear that in western countries there is a widespread tendency to modify the classic vision of marriage between a man and woman, or rather to try to give it up, erasing its specific and privileged legal recognition compared to other forms of union.
It is nothing new. This we had already realised. Nevertheless, the matter does not cease to amaze: Because we should be asking if this really corresponds to the feelings of the people, and because the logic of it cannot have a far-sighted outlook for the common good. Not only the Catholic Church is saying this; it was pointed out clearly by the Chief Rabbi of France in a well-reasoned statement. It is not, in fact, a question of avoiding unfair discrimination for homosexuals, since this must and can be guaranteed in other ways. It is a question of admitting that a husband and a wife are publicly recognised as such; and that children who come into the world can know, and say they have, a father and a mother.
In short, preserving a vision of the human person and of human relationships where there is a public acknowledgement of monogamous marriage between a man and woman is an achievement of civilisation. If not, why not contemplate also freely chosen polygamy and, of course, not to discriminate, polyandry? It is not expected, then, the Church will give up proposing that society recognise a specific place for marriage between a man and a woman.
The Church’s role in the fight to protect marriage was also featured on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano this weekend (I’m trying to pull up the text).
Finally, it’s good to see that the papal nuncio to the United States Abp. Vigano is stressing the need for forging stronger Catholic unity to counteract the “intentional dividing of the Church” because, he said, a divided church “can be more easily persecuted”:
Archbishop Vigano observed that some influential Catholic public officials and university professors are allied with forces opposed to the Church’s fundamental moral teachings on “critical issues” like abortion, population control, the redefinition of marriage, embryonic stem cell research and “problematic adoptions.”
He said it is a “grave and major problem” when self-professed Catholic faculty at Catholic institutions are the sources of teachings that conflict with Church teaching on important policy issues rather than defend it. [CNA/EWTN News]
These three themes: renewal, resolve and unity, should frame our reflections and actions on the topics of marriage and the other critical challenges our country now faces.